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Safer Internet Day – Think before you post

London: 12 February 2010

The UK British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) published a news article titled: Paying the price for a free web, that promotes the third programme of the BBC Television series: The Virtual Revolution How 20 years of the WEB has reshaped our lives.

Strasbourg: 9 February 2010

The outgoing Commissioner Viviane Reding European Commission for Information Society and Media gave a speech to the European Parliament on Safer Internet Day (9 February 2010) titled: Think before you post! How to make social networking sites safer for children and teenagers?

The Commissioner stressed in her speech:

“Our knowledge-based society, where innovative services such as social networks increasingly play a central role in the lives of the citizens, offers fantastic new opportunities. However, and to fully enjoy these opportunities we need to ensure that such services are built on the basis of certain principles such as transparency, awareness and most importantly that they comply with fundamental rights.”

Heraklion: 8 February 2010

The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) published a press release titled: Instantly online-17 golden rules for mobile social networks. The press release announces the publication of a report titled: Online as soon as it happens.

The announcement states:

“The report describes the social networking world and the mobile phone services allowing the users to experience the social networking sites (SNSs) on their handset, also illustrating the major risks and threats connected to their use. While many of the privacy issues originating from the web-based access to SNSs also apply to mobile social networks, there are also a number of unique risks and threats against mobile social networks. The report aims to provide a set of recommendations for raising the awareness of social networks users and in particular of social mobile users of the risks and the possible consequences related to their improper use.” (ISBN-13 978-92-9204-036-9)

Tübingen, Germany: 10 February 2010

The German Move innovation journal that serves the public sector reflected on an article first published in the German online journal Focus on 6th February 2010 regarding Google Street View service. The Move article states (Approximate translation):

“Federal Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner has been highly critical of the service Google Street View on Google provides detailed images of houses and streets in the Internet. In an interview with Focus magazine Aigner: "The photo-coverage action is nothing more than a million-fold violation of privacy said." No intelligence service in the world would go so unceremoniously on pictures hunt. According to Focus, the Minister is in contact with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, "to take legal action and possible legislative changes to consider." They put themselves also made the case that the citizens must object to the publication of their private data, but Google should be required to seek approval for the citizens if the photo of a private residence to be published. To insert citizens who object to the image of their home, the Consumer Protection Department provides a sample letter on its Web site. (rt)”

Related news topics

Towards a common research agenda

Addressing the Future!

Set the information free

EU Data Protection Directive to be reformed!

BBC, UK, European Commission (EC